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Jillian Urig Hyttenhove attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, graduating with a BS in Dietetics and a minor in Public Health. She completed the dietetic internship at ECU and became a Registered Dietitian in July 2012. Upon graduation, Jillian began working at Nash Health Care, part of UNC Health Care, in Rocky Mount. She serves as the lead bariatric dietitian for Nash Surgical Weight Loss Center. She also serves on various committees for employee wellness initiatives, providing education for community seminars, and developing materials for a range of programs at Nash. Jillian’s passion for her patients and her programs is seen in her dedication and drive for constant quality improvement. When she is not busy with work, Jillian loves trying out new recipes, blogging, and DIY craft projects.


Chaundra Evans, RD, LDN. Mrs. Evans is a registered dietitian who focuses on building a healthy relationship with food, body image and improving eating habits using a non-diet approach.  She has received invaluable training and experience in counseling clients with eating disorders and the bariatric population.  Nutrition sessions may include learning intuitive and mindful eating skills, meal planning, strategies for grocery shopping, meal outings and facilitating a normal approach to achieving a balanced style of eating.  Her goal is to empower clients to make healthier choices by using a more holistic approach, bringing clients in tune with mindful and intuitive eating skills through compassion and empathy.  She earned a B.S. in Dietetics, along with a Gerontology Certification, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed the accredited internship program through ECU.  She has a certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association; she is an associate member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery as well as a member of the Obesity Action Coalition.  Mrs. Evans has been practicing at the Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment for over 10 years and teaches pre-op bariatric nutrition classes for Coastal Carolina Surgical Associates and Miles Surgical.


Stacey Bala, I am originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, and graduated from East Carolina University in 2012. I completed the Dietetic Internship at ECU in May of 2013 and became a Registered Dietitian in July of 2013. I will also finish my Master’s degree in May of 2014. I now live in Raleigh, NC where I am a clinical dietitian for Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC. I am currently a dietitian for the telemetry unit and Rehabilitation Institute at the hospital. I really enjoy being a clinical dietitian; every day is new and exciting and I love seeing my patients’ health improve!


Kelly Shoulars Garrett received her BS in Nutrition Science from East Carolina, followed by her Dietetic Internship through East Carolina University in New Bern, NC and earning her MS in Nutrition Science. Kelly became a Registered Dietitian in June of 2013 and holds a Certification as a Lactation Consultant through Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding. She is employed at Boulder County Public Health in Boulder, Colorado as a High-Risk Dietitian where she counsels nutritionally at-risk low-income women and their families. She enjoys making nutrition education easy, interesting, practical and fun! When Kelly is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a passion for being outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, and camping around Colorado.


Alanna Sandry, I am originally from Monroe, WI,  graduating from Ball State University in 2011 and moving to North Carolina the following fall to be with my now husband, Josh. I finished my ECU internship in May of 2013 and will finish my Master's program within the year. 
We now live in Aberdeen, NC where I am a clinical dietitian for Morrison Management Specialists, working at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, NC and Sandhill's Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, NC. I'm really enjoying being a dietitian and cannot wait to see where this career takes me!  have Celiac disease, and have been gluten free my whole life, so I love to cook and bake new things all the time. My husband and I welcomed a precious baby boy, Harrison, into our family at the beginning of February. He joins our two cats. We also love to travel and most of all, spend time with our son!


Virginia Carraway-Stage completed a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics in 2006, the Dietetic Internship in 2007, and an MS in Clinical Nutrition in 2008 at East Carolina University. She received her PhD in Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University in 2013 and is now faculty of Nutrition Science at ECU as an Assistant Professor. Virginia is also Director for the FoodMASTER (Food, Math, and Science Teaching Enhancement Resource) Initiative, a compilation of programs that use food to teach mathematics and science in the K-12 system ( She is passionate about nutrition education for children and has trained over 200+ teachers locally and nationally on how to integrate nutrition education into their math and science classrooms.

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